When the call came in to the Del Norte County Shelter about a Pit Bull puppy with broken legs, the circumstances surrounding the dog’s injuries seemed mighty suspicious. The story shelter workers got over the phone didn’t seem to add up, but with the puppy in desperate need of immediate care, there was no time to investigate how he ended up in his condition.

The puppy — who would come to be called London — was transferred to Panda Paws Rescue, and then taken to the Animal Care Clinic in Washington.

Vets discovered that London’s front legs and shoulders were utterly shattered, his injuries consistent with a fall from some extreme height. He was also covered in burns and sores, indicating that he’d been in contact with something hot and that he had languished in pain longer than any dog should. Despite his injuries, London demonstrated a profound will to live, and manage to move even with his front legs crushed. Vets determined that amputation of both his front legs was London’s best option.

As London went into surgery, Panda Paws Rescue received evidence of what really happened to the Pit Bull: His legs had been deliberately broken and left untreated. The suspects were arrested and agreed to plea bargains, but London’s new family is seeking further justice.

Meanwhile, however, London recovered from his surgery and found himself a new home. He’s got his own set of wheels and a smile that will melt your heart. He’s an advocate for his breed, for animals with special needs, and for the fight against animal cruelty. He’s a reminder that even in the face of tremendous violence, there are more people out there who will help instead of harm.

All photos via London’s Facebook page. Go follow him there for more adorable photos.

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About Liz Acosta: Dogster’s former Cuteness Correspondent, Liz still manages the site’s daily “Awws,” only now she also wrangles Dogster’s social media. That’s why she wants you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and — her personal favorite — Instagram. See ya there!

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